Saul Centers, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Earnings

Mar 03, 2016, 16:05 ET from Saul Centers, Inc.

BETHESDA, Md., March 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Saul Centers, Inc. (NYSE: BFS), an equity real estate investment trust ("REIT"), announced its operating results for the quarter ended December 31, 2015 ("2015 Quarter"). Total revenue for the 2015 Quarter increased to $52.9 million from $51.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 ("2014 Quarter").  Operating income, which is net income before the impact of the change in fair value of derivatives, loss on early extinguishment of debt, gains on sales of property and gains on casualty settlements, increased to $14.1 million for the 2015 Quarter from $12.3 million for the 2014 Quarter. 

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $8.2 million ($0.38 per diluted share) for the 2015 Quarter compared to $5.3 million ($0.25 per diluted share) for the 2014 Quarter.  The increase in net income attributable to common stockholders for the 2015 Quarter was primarily the result of (a) increased property operating income ($1.9 million), (b) lower preferred stock redemption costs ($1.5 million) and (c) lower preferred stock dividends ($0.6 million), partially offset by (d) higher non-controlling interests ($1.0 million), and (e) higher depreciation expense ($0.4 million).

Same property revenue increased 2.9% and same property operating income increased 4.8% for the 2015 Quarter compared to the 2014 Quarter.  Same property operating income equals property revenue minus the sum of (a) property operating expenses, (b) provision for credit losses and (c) real estate taxes and the comparisons exclude the results of properties not in operation for the entirety of the comparable reporting periods.  Shopping center same property operating income increased 5.1% and mixed-use same property operating income increased 3.6%.  The increase in Shopping Center same property operating income was primarily the result of (a) higher base rent revenue and (b) higher miscellaneous income.  The increase in Mixed-Use same property operating income was primarily the result of lower provision for credit losses as a result of collection of previously reserved 2015 rents.

For the year ended December 31, 2015 ("2015 Period"), total revenue increased to $209.1 million from $207.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2014 ("2014 Period").  Operating income was $52.9 million for the 2015 Period and $51.9 million for the 2014 Period.  Operating income for the 2015 Period increased primarily due to (a) $0.9 million of lower interest expense and amortization of deferred debt costs, (b) $0.9 million of lower acquisition related costs, (c) $0.6 million of lower general and administrative expenses, and (d) $0.4 million of increased property operating income partially offset by (e) $2.1 million of higher depreciation expense.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $30.1 million ($1.42 per diluted share) for the 2015 Period compared to $32.1 million ($1.54 per diluted share) for the 2014 Period.  Net income attributable to common stockholders for the 2015 Period decreased primarily due to (a) lower gain on sales of property ($6.1 million), partially offset by (b) lower preferred stock redemption costs ($1.5 million), (c) lower preferred stock dividends ($1.0 million), (d) increased operating income ($1.0 million), and (e) lower noncontrolling interests ($0.6 million).

Same property revenue increased 0.4% and same property operating income decreased 0.5% for the 2015 Period compared to the 2014 Period.  Shopping center same property operating income increased 0.4% and mixed-use same property operating income decreased 3.4%.  Shopping center same property operating income increased $0.5 million primarily due to (a) higher base rent ($2.8 million) and (b) higher real estate tax recoveries ($0.6 million), partially offset by (c) lower other revenue ($2.9 million) due to 2014 including a bankruptcy settlement and collection related to a former tenant at Seven Corners ($1.6 million) and a lease termination fee at Seven Corners ($1.9 million).  Mixed-use same property operating income decreased $1.2 million primarily due to increased nonrecoverable property operating expenses and real estate taxes.

As of December 31, 2015, 94.8% of the commercial portfolio was leased (all properties except the apartments at Clarendon Center), compared to 94.4% at December 31, 2014.  On a same property basis, 94.7% of the portfolio was leased at December 31, 2015, compared to 94.4% at December 31, 2014.  As of December 31, 2015, the apartments at Clarendon Center were 99.2% leased compared to 95.9% as of December 31, 2014.

Funds From Operations ("FFO") available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (after deducting preferred stock dividends and preferred stock redemption charges) increased to $21.9 million ($0.76 per diluted share) in the 2015 Quarter from $17.5 million ($0.62 per diluted share) in the 2014 Quarter.  FFO, a widely accepted non-GAAP financial measure of operating performance for REITs, is defined as net income plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and excluding gains and losses from property dispositions, impairment charges on depreciable real estate assets and extraordinary items.  The increase in FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests for the 2015 Quarter was primarily due to (a) improved overall property operating income ($1.9 million), (b) lower preferred stock redemption costs ($1.5 million) and (c) lower preferred stock dividends ($0.6 million).

FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (after deducting preferred stock dividends and preferred stock redemptions) increased 7.1% to $83.8 million ($2.95 per diluted share) in the 2015 Period from $78.3 million ($2.80 per diluted share) in the 2014 Period.  FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests for the 2015 Period increased primarily due to (a) higher overall property operating income, exclusive of the below Seven Corners item ($2.0 million), (b) lower preferred stock redemption costs ($1.5 million), (c) lower preferred stock dividends ($1.0 million), (d) lower interest expense ($0.9 million), (e) lower acquisition related costs ($0.9 million), and (f) lower general and administrative expenses ($0.6 million), partially offset by (g) the 2014 bankruptcy settlement and collection related to a former tenant at Seven Corners ($1.6 million).

Saul Centers is a self-managed, self-administered equity REIT headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Saul Centers currently operates and manages a real estate portfolio comprised of 59 properties which includes (a) 56 community and neighborhood shopping centers and mixed-use properties with approximately 9.3 million square feet of leasable area and (b) three land and development properties.  Approximately 85% of the Company's property operating income is generated from properties in the metropolitan Washington, DC/Baltimore area.

 

Saul Centers, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

December 31,  2015

December 31,  2014

(Unaudited)

Assets

Real estate investments

Land

$

424,837

$

420,622

Buildings and equipment

1,114,357

1,109,276

Construction in progress

83,516

30,261

1,622,710

1,560,159

Accumulated depreciation

(425,370)

(396,617)

1,197,340

1,163,542

Cash and cash equivalents

10,003

12,128

Accounts receivable and accrued income, net

51,076

46,784

Deferred leasing costs, net

26,919

26,928

Prepaid expenses, net

4,663

4,093

Deferred debt costs, net

8,737

9,874

Other assets

5,407

3,638

Total assets

$

1,304,145

$

1,266,987

Liabilities

Mortgage notes payable

$

802,034

$

808,997

Revolving credit facility payable

28,000

43,000

Construction loan payable

45,208

5,391

Dividends and distributions payable

15,380

14,352

Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other liabilities

27,687

23,537

Deferred income

32,109

32,453

Total liabilities

950,418

927,730

Stockholders' equity

Preferred stock

180,000

180,000

Common stock

213

209

Additional paid-in capital

305,008

287,995

Accumulated deficit and other comprehensive loss

(181,893)

(175,668)

Total Saul Centers, Inc. stockholders' equity

303,328

292,536

Noncontrolling interests

50,399

46,721

Total stockholders' equity

353,727

339,257

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,304,145

$

1,266,987

 

Saul Centers, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended  December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

2015

2014

2015

2014

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Revenue

Base rent

$

42,517

$

41,546

$

168,303

$

164,599

Expense recoveries

8,201

7,784

32,911

32,132

Percentage rent

455

400

1,608

1,492

Other

1,729

1,534

6,255

8,869

Total revenue

52,902

51,264

209,077

207,092

Operating expenses

Property operating expenses

6,445

6,440

26,565

26,479

Provision for credit losses

(366)

200

915

680

Real estate taxes

5,953

5,723

23,663

22,354

Interest expense and amortization of deferred debt costs

11,177

11,497

45,165

46,034

Depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs

10,888

10,458

43,270

41,203

General and administrative

4,641

4,421

16,353

16,961

Acquisition related costs

6

211

84

949

Predevelopment expenses

75

132

503

Total operating expenses

38,819

38,950

156,147

155,163

Operating income

14,083

12,314

52,930

51,929

Change in fair value of derivatives

2

(4)

(10)

(10)

Gain on sale of property

11

6,069

Net Income

14,085

12,310

52,931

57,988

Income attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2,835)

(1,814)

(10,463)

(11,045)

Net income attributable to Saul Centers, Inc.

11,250

10,496

42,468

46,943

Preferred stock redemption

(1,480)

(1,480)

Preferred stock dividends

(3,094)

(3,742)

(12,375)

(13,361)

Net income attributable to common stockholders

$

8,156

$

5,274

$

30,093

$

32,102

Per share net income attributable to common stockholders

Diluted

$

0.38

$

0.25

$

1.42

$

1.54

Weighted Average Common Stock:

Common stock

21,234

20,911

21,127

20,772

Effect of dilutive options

80

91

69

49

Diluted weighted average common stock

21,314

21,002

21,196

20,821

 

Reconciliation of net income to FFO attributable to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests (1)

Three Months Ended  December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Net income

$

14,085

$

12,310

$

52,931

$

57,988

Subtract:

Gain on sale of property

(11)

(6,069)

Add:

Real estate depreciation and amortization

10,888

10,458

43,270

41,203

FFO

24,973

22,768

96,190

93,122

Subtract:

Preferred stock dividends

(3,094)

(3,742)

(12,375)

(13,361)

Preferred stock redemption

(1,480)

(1,480)

FFO available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests

$

21,879

$

17,546

$

83,815

$

78,281

Weighted average shares:

Diluted weighted average common stock

21,314

21,002

21,196

20,821

Convertible limited partnership units

7,296

7,199

7,253

7,156

Average shares and units used to compute FFO per share

28,610

28,201

28,449

27,977

FFO per share available to common stockholders and noncontrolling interests

$

0.76

$

0.62

$

2.95

$

2.80

(1)

The National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT) developed FFO as a relative non-GAAP financial measure of performance of an equity REIT in order to recognize that income-producing real estate historically has not depreciated on the basis determined under GAAP. FFO is defined by NAREIT as net income, computed in accordance with GAAP, plus real estate depreciation and amortization, and excluding extraordinary items, impairment charges on depreciable real estate assets and gains or losses from property dispositions. FFO does not represent cash generated from operating activities in accordance with GAAP and is not necessarily indicative of cash available to fund cash needs, which is disclosed in the Company's Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the applicable periods. There are no material legal or functional restrictions on the use of FFO. FFO should not be considered as an alternative to net income, its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or as an alternative to cash flows as a measure of liquidity. Management considers FFO a meaningful supplemental measure of operating performance because it primarily excludes the assumption that the value of the real estate assets diminishes predictably over time (i.e. depreciation), which is contrary to what the Company believes occurs with its assets, and because industry analysts have accepted it as a performance measure. FFO may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other REITs.

   

Reconciliation of net income to same property operating income

Three Months Ended December 31,

Year Ended December 31,

(In thousands)

2015

2014

2015

2014

Net income

$

14,085

$

12,310

$

52,931

$

57,988

Add: Interest expense and amortization of deferred debt costs

11,177

11,497

45,165

46,034

Add: Depreciation and amortization of deferred leasing costs

10,888

10,458

43,270

41,203

Add: General and administrative

4,641

4,421

16,353

16,961

Add: Predevelopment expenses

75

132

503

Add: Acquisition related costs

6

211

84

949

Add: Change in fair value of derivatives

(2)

4

10

10

Less: Gains on property dispositions

(11)

(6,069)

Less: Interest income

(14)

(17)

(51)

(75)

Property operating income

40,856

38,884

157,883

157,504

Less: Acquisitions, dispositions & development property

(576)

(435)

(2,274)

(1,122)

Total same property operating income

$

40,280

$

38,449

$

155,609

$

156,382

Shopping centers

$

30,875

$

29,368

$

119,959

$

119,482

Mixed-Use properties

9,405

9,081

35,650

36,900

Total same property operating income

$

40,280

$

38,449

$

155,609

$

156,382

 

SOURCE Saul Centers, Inc.



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